Well, it’s official folks. Sam Darnold will be the week one starter for the New York Football Jets. It’s been a long summer in the Jets quarterback room. It all started in March when the Jets signed Teddy Bridgewater.
Source: Teddy Bridgewater has passed physical, will sign with Jets https://t.co/ktq4ZE8GpI
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 18, 2018
It was a great move. Signed to a one year one million dollar deal. Very little risk, with potential huge upside. However, everyone knew that the Jets were looking QB in the draft. Especially when they made a huge trade up to the number three pick.
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) March 17, 2018
The general consensus was Sam Darnold was going to be the number one pick to the Cleveland Browns, the Giants were taking Saquon at two, and that would leave the Jets to choose between Baker Mayfield, Josh Rosen, and Josh Allen at 3. Naturally Jets fans wanted Baker Mayfield, especially me. Here was my draft day blog:
Now of course the Browns shocked the world and pulled the trigger on Baker Mayfield. For a split second I was pissed. But before the Giants even drafted, I was on to Sam Darnold. He was my guy. Despite the fun and sexy flair that comes with Baker Mayfield, everyone had said Sam was the best pro passer in the draft. Shockingly the Jets didn’t say fuck everything and take Bradley Chubb because a large part of my brain thought they would. They made the correct pick. Sam Darnold was going to be a New York Jet. All the sudden, the Jets QB room looked dynamic. The old vet, the young stud, and the wildcard. As I called it, much to the disapproval of Jets Reddit commenters, the best QB room in football.
All the quarterbacks looked good in preseason. It quickly became clear Josh McCown was a highly paid QB coach and Teddy and Sam would be battling for the job. I believe if Sam wouldn’t have played as well as he did Teddy would have been kept and been the Week One starter as Sam developed. However, Sam lit it up and the Jets flipped him to the Saints for a third round pick. Probably the smartest Jets trade in a while. That set up Sam Darnold to be the Week One starter Monday night against the Lions. Sam Darnold just turned 21 in June. He’s younger than me and is going to be the Week One starter for the Jets. That’s absurd. That also means Sam Darnold is going to be the youngest Week One starter in NFL history. With an organization like the Jets, what could go wrong?